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“My purpose for being back in the city is bigger than basketball,” proclaimed new Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade. After 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, Wade returned to his hometown Chicago this offseason, and revealed it wasn’t just for basketball (or financial) reasons. In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Wade expressed great concern over the continued gun violence in Chicago, which tragically led to the death of his cousin just a couple of weeks ago.
Speaking of Wade and Miami, former teammate Chris Bosh is still trying to figure out if he’ll be hooping in South Beach this upcoming season, with his medical clearance still pending. It’s been an offseason of back-and-forth with a lack of meeting in the middle for Bosh and the Heat, as the team clearly doesn’t want to take the risk involved in letting Bosh play with his ongoing blood clotting issues. Bosh’s last two seasons have ended in February, and even though he seems to think he’ll be fine to play next season, the Heat are understandably hesitant to allow him back.
Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy has spoken with “a ton of players” this offseason, and put together a collection of quotes related to player expectations for the upcoming season. There are some very interesting quotes in this column from players like Myles Turner, Serge Ibaka, and C.J. McCollum, but perhaps the most interesting is from New York Knicks’ shooting guard Courtney Lee who essentially echoed teammate Derrick Rose’s “super team” sentiments by saying “we’re contenders man.” It’s certainly going to be an interesting season in New York, to say the least.
In a crazy offseason in terms of player movement, it’s incredible that we also saw 11 teams get new head coaches this summer. With big names like Tom Thibodeau and Mike D’Antoni taking new jobs, to assistants getting their first looks as leads such as David Fizdale and Kenny Atkinson, and don’t forget the high-profile job’s like Luke Walton to the Los Angeles Lakers and Jeff Hornacek to the Knicks, Sports Illustrated ranked all 11 coaches in terms of who’s under the most pressure to win immediately.
One of the last big names to sign in free agency this summer was Ty Lawson, who after two of the roughest years of his career is looking to bounce back with the perennially dysfunctional Sacramento Kings this upcoming season. After steep decline both on and off the court in Denver, Lawson was given an opportunity to bounce back by both the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers last season. Long story short, Lawson didn’t exactly flourish in either situation, and he’ll have to work a little bit harder if he wants to get back on track with the Kings.